Rwanda's field of dreams becoming a reality
16 February 2017 • 6:09pm
It is a challenge even Geoffrey Boycott would not relish. Batting for 26 hours in the nets, facing hundreds of balls, is only for those with real inner drive. For Cathia Uwamahoro, the captain of the Rwandan women’s cricket team, the motivation is personal, which will help her battle fatigue and exhaustion when on Friday morning she begins her attempt to break the world record for the longest net session by a woman. Uwamahoro is one of thousands of young Rwandans turning to cricket, the fastest growing sport in what until recently was a French-speaking country, and is bringing help to a nation still recovering form the scars of civil war and genocide two decades ago that left almost a million Tutsis and moderate Hutus dead. “My mum told me that my dad was killed during the 1994 genocide against Tutsi when I was only six months old, so I don’t have his physical image in my mind,” says Uwamahoro...
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